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Updated on 09/17/2011 6:46PM
Funny Cide takes bad-weather break
New York-based Breeders' Cup horses will have to train around the weather this week. On Tuesday, that meant a day of light exercise as heavy rains made for a sloppy Belmont main track.
Trainer Barclay Tagg had planned to work Classic contender on Tuesday, but instead just let him jog once the wrong way around the main track. Tagg said he thought the track "was too washed out, too dangerous up on the final turn."
Tagg said he hoped to work Funny Cide on Wednesday or Thursday, but more rain was in the forecast for those days. Tagg said he gave no thought to shipping Funny Cide to Texas on Tuesday - something trainer Christophe Clement did with Dynever, fearing several days of wet tracks. Funny Cide will ship on Oct. 27, three days before the Breeders' Cup, as scheduled.
While Tagg is hoping to get two more works into Funny Cide before the Classic, he said it wouldn't be a big deal if he gets in only one.
"We haven't missed a work all year or a race all year," Tagg said. "I was planning to work him two more times, but if I get in one I only get in one. It might be better for him."
Jerkens trains 'em in shed
The wet weather prompted Allen Jerkens to give Distaff contender Society Selection and Classic longshot Bowman's Band light days on Tuesday. Both just jogged in the shed rather than gallop on the track.
"You have to improvise," said Jerkens, who may work his horses later this week before shipping them to Texas on Sunday.
Society Selection just ran on Oct. 9, finishing second behind Sightseek in the Beldame. Bowman's Band has run 10 times this year, most recently finishing fifth in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
"They both get a lot out of their gallops," Jerkens said.
Trainer Tom Albertrani said the fact that his Juvenile Fillies contender Balletto just won the Frizette on Oct. 9 means he has to do less with her leading up to the race.
"If it came down to it, all she really needs is one work before she was to go," Albertrani said.
Rookie to ride Island Fashion
If she wins the Breeders' Cup Distaff, the 4-year-old filly Island Fashion will do it with a jockey who is competing in his first Breeders' Cup. Kerwin John, who rode Island Fashion to victory in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Handicap, will ride Island Fashion and BC Juvenile Fillies entrant Culture Clash. Both fillies are owned by Jeff Nielsen's Everest Stables and trained by Marcelo Polanco.
"He did okay with the filly, and we're okay with him," Polanco said Tuesday, adding that John "is a good rider, he's very patient."
John, 29, has won 46 races this year from 561 mounts, and entered the Wednesday card at Santa Anita with 3 wins from 45 mounts at the Oak Tree meet. A native of the Virgin Islands, John began riding in the U.S. in 1993 and has never ridden in a race the magnitude of the Breeders' Cup.
"I can't wait - I've been watching the Breeders' Cup on TV all my life," John said. "I'm not worried about the money. I just want to be part of the Breeders' Cup."
Special Ring work 'awesome'
Special Ring, aiming for the BC Mile, worked five furlongs Tuesday at Santa Anita in 1:00 with the dogs up on a wet track labeled good. Trainer Julio Canani said, "He went awesome. He was in a high gallop." Canani timed Special Ring galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 and seven furlongs in 1:27.40. Special Ring will join stablemate Blackdoun in the Mile. On Monday, Blackdoun worked seven furlongs on turf in 1:27.20 after which Canani said, "He's never worked that good in his life."
Things did not go as well for Canani-trained Sweet Catomine, the likely favorite for the BC Juvenile Fillies. Her 1:03 workout at five furlongs on Monday was two seconds slower than Canani wanted. Only two of the 10 works Monday at the distance were slower than Sweet Catomine.
"What's done is done," Canani said. "You can't do anything about it. She was just galloping, and she doesn't need much anyway; she just ran."
Moscow Burning works bullet
It rained late Tuesday morning at Santa Anita, but not before BC Filly and Mare Turf contender Moscow Burning posted a bullet workout in 59.80 under regular rider Jose Valdivia.
Moscow Burning, third in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl on Oct. 2, will race near the lead in the Filly and Mare Turf, while her Jim Cassidy-trained stablemate Katdogawn will rally from behind.
"They have two different styles, that's why I pressed to run Katdogawn," Cassidy said.
Dynever among new arrivals
A group of seven Breeders' Cup horses, and a horse being pointed for another Lone Star stakes, vanned into the Lone Star Park backstretch around 4:30 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, following a longer than expected flight. The plane, which was expected to arrive about midday, left New York at 9 a.m. and stopped in Kentucky en route to Dallas.
The plane brought Dynever and Roses in May for the Classic; Kitten's Joy for the Turf; Wonder Again for the Filly and Mare Turf; Afleet Alex for the Juvenile; Royal Regalia for the Mile; and Indy Groove for the Distaff.
They are the second set of arrivals for the Breeders' Cup, following Magistretti and Sense of Style on Monday.
Sense of Style, Magistretti jog
Sense of Style (Juvenile Fillies) and Magistretti (Turf) jogged one mile at Lone Star on Tuesday. Trained by Patrick Biancone, the two horses, along with the Michael Stidham-trained Culinary (Juvenile Fillies), were the first to travel to town for the Breeders' Cup.
Biancone set up a stable in the lone barn that has an open-air shed row. All other stalls at Lone Star are located in enclosed barns that have windows and large sliding doors at the entrances. The barn was chosen for its open air, said Biancone's assistant Cyril Deplanques.
Bwana Charlie gears up for Sprint
Bwana Charlie worked a bullet five furlongs in 59.40 seconds at Lone Star on Tuesday for a possible start in the Sprint. Gold Storm, another Sprint hopeful based at Lone Star, came out of a Monday drill in good order, said his trainer, Bubba Cascio.
Gold Storm, runner-up last out in the Grade 3 Phoenix, went five furlongs in 1:01.80. "We wanted him to lay back and hit it home," said Cascio.
Our New Recruit does it his way
Notwithstanding his victory in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai, a 106 Beyer Speed Figure earned in his comeback at Del Mar, and an impressive workout Monday at Santa Anita, Our New Recruit has not exactly made headlines as he quietly prepares to run in the BC Sprint. Our New Recruit worked six furlongs in 1:13 Monday on a "good" track that produced slow times - the next-fastest workout was 1:15.40.
"It was an exceptional workout time-wise, and way more important was the way he did it - smooth, and he couldn't blow out a match afterward," trainer John Sadler said.
Our New Recruit gets one more workout, on Sunday. Tyler Baze will ride him in the Breeders' Cup.
- additional reporting by Brad Free and Mary Rampellini